Well as some of you know, after discovering issues with my previous Redline, Dslrip32 was gracious enough to send me his Redline to give it a thorough shakedown. The unit arrived to me on Friday via Ups overnight. I was unable to road test it this weekend due to prior commitments but was able to bench test the unit. Where my unit was within the first 40 units produced, this Redline is a much later build date.
Upon powering up the unit on the bench, all seemed normal, I went ahead and did a factory reset of the settings ensuring there were no modifications on any of the settings. I then proceeded to fire various K and Ka band radar guns at it to see if I could identify any sort of glitch or delay. All seemed well, with a slight delay on 35.5 in comparison to 34.7. The 35.5 delay was only a mere .5-1 second slower in alerting than it was to 34.7. Overall, the unit performed fine.
Tonight, Elvato and I were able to road test the unit, here is where things got interesting. Be began our first test with a Stalker ATR 34.7 Ka gun in constant on mode. Here is where we noticed our first glitch of the night. On the very first run against constant on radar, it failed to alert to the gun until about 600 feet from the gun which was operated in C/O mode. This result seemed very similar to the issue my unit had on 35.5 where it had a significant delay in alerting to a radar signal for the first alert. Following runs were conducted and the unit seemed to perform fine, detecting radar at a range consistent with other comparable units. I feel this glitch is almost catastrophic to performance, I was able to attain a speed via radar and had a visual of the vehicle long before the unit alerted. The unit did not have any major issues reporting I/O radar.
We then proceeded to test the unit with a Kustom Talon Ka 35.5 radar gun. As with the Stalker, we began with a C/O run. Everything seemed normal upon first detection of the radar. When the target vehicle was about 700 feet away from the radar source, the unit stopped alerting to the radar for a period of about 2-4 seconds. This performance issue is consistent with my Redline unit which has since been returned to Escort for "Priority/Same day Repair". We then tested this unit against 35.5 I/O and did not notice any notable abnormalities in performance.
Finally, a K band test was performed in both C/O and I/O modes with no notable performance flaws.
After testing a second Redline unit, it appears Escort Redlines are plagued with a variety of different performance issues. Where my personal Redline had delay issues on 35.5, this later production unit had issues on 34.7 detection. Both my redline unit and this unit had the issue with dropping 35.5ghz alerts. While an Escort customer service representative explained to me that Escort had recognized a software issue with the Redline, the Escort forum representative stated that it was only my specific unit affected. After testing this unit and noticing similar performance issues, I personally do not believe that my personal unit was the only unit affected by poor performance.
I was originally planning on allowing Escort to repair or replace my unit and giving it another test. I was promised by an Escort reprentative that my Redline was marked as a priority repair and that it would be repaired or replaced on the day they recieved it. UPS indicates that the unit arrived to them Friday 10/9/09 at 9AM local time. It is now 10/15/09 and I still have not recieved any form of communication from Escort. After testing this particular unit, I think I will be giving Escort a call and telling them to keep my Redline.
I hope all this makes sense, we just finished testing and its about 4am here and I'm pretty tired. Videos will be posted as soon as possible.
Dslrip Redline vs 34.7
Dslrip Redline vs 35.5